New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre presented diametrically opposing views on guns, with Bloomberg claiming to have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.
Bloomberg, a former Republican turned independent, has just sunk $12 million for Mayors Against Illegal Guns to run television ads and phone banks in 13 states, urging voters to tell their senators to pass legislation requiring universal background checks for gun buyers.
Bloomberg claimed 90 percent of Americans and 80 percent of NRA members support universal background checks for gun purchases.
But the NRA’s LaPierre countered that universal background checks are “a dishonest premise.” For example, mental health records are exempt from databases and criminals won’t submit to the checks. Background checks, he said, are a “speed bump” in the system that “slows down the law-abiding and does nothing for anybody else.”
“The shooters in Tucson, in Aurora, in Newtown, they’re not going to be checked. They’re unrecognizable,” LaPierre said.
LaPierre slammed Bloomberg for the ad buy.
“He’s going to find out this is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. And he can’t spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public,” LaPierre said. “He can’t buy America.”